Zebre 10-26 Edinburgh: guests survive pink card to file very important Pro14 win
|Zebre 10 (3)|
|Attempt: Kearney Con: Canna Pen: Canna|
|Edinburgh 26 (10)|
|Tries: Bennett, Farndale Cons: Van der Walt 2 Pens: Van der Walt 4|
Fourteen-man Edinburgh eked out a scrappy however essential victory in opposition to Zebre to maintain their slender Pro14 play-off hopes alive.
The guests led 10-3 on the break because of Mark Bennett’s beautiful rating and 5 factors from the boot of Jaco van der Walt.
Zebre drew stage by Mark Kearney’s attempt, earlier than three Van der Walt penalties stretched Edinburgh’s result in six factors.
Jamie Farndale’s attempt secured victory.
That was regardless of George Taylor’s pink card with 11 minutes remaining for a shoulder to the neck whereas trying a sort out.
Edinburgh keep fifth in Convention B, however transfer to inside six factors of Scarlets above them, having performed one sport fewer than the Welsh facet.
Shorn of head coach Richard Cockerill and full-back Blair Kinghorn, each of whom had been prevented from travelling to Italy on account of a delay in receiving in the end destructive Covid-19 take a look at outcomes, Edinburgh started slowly.
Van der Walt’s early strike was cancelled out by Italy fly-half Canna, and it took a second of magic from Bennett to open the sport up on 34 minutes, as he kicked from his personal 22 for Farndale to pounce on, earlier than offloading again to Bennett to cross for a attempt.
Zebre’s response after the break was swift, as second row Kearney burrowed over from shut vary inside 5 minutes of the restart, however Van der Walt was in a position to reap the benefits of ill-discipline to place Edinburgh 16-10 in entrance.
However the Italian facet – on the again of three straight wins – put Edinburgh below great strain thereafter with repeated assaults.
The guests stood agency regardless of shedding WP Nel to the sin-bin on the hour mark, after which Taylor for the ultimate 10 minutes.
Quite than wilt, Edinburgh grew in adversity and battled up the pitch to provide Van der Walt the possibility to make the lead 9 factors, earlier than Farndale intercepted a go within the remaining minute to race away and put the gloss on an essential win.
Edinburgh: Blain, Farndale, Bennett, Dean, Sau, Van der Walt, Pyrgos; Schoeman, Cherry, Nel, Hodgson, Gilchrist, Crosbie, Watson, Mata.
Replacements: Willemse, Grahamslaw, Berghan, Haining, Bradbury, Shiel, Chamberlain, Taylor.